Academic Vocabulary for English Learners (AVEL): Class Set

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María Elena Argüelles, Martha K Smith

Academic Vocabulary for English Learners (AVEL)

Age Range: 4+

Academic Vocabulary for English Learners (AVEL) teaches English language learners how to better understand the language of learning by providing daily, systematic, and intensive vocabulary and language instruction. Easy-to-implement, scripted instruction offers in-depth study of more than 250 words that occur repeatedly in academic discussions and texts.

  • This easy-to-implement program teaches 60 essential academic vocabulary and language development skills English learners need to succeed in school settings.
  • Daily, in-depth lessons cover academic, high-frequency, Tier II, precision and multiple-meaning words—with no teacher prep time required.
  • Each scripted lesson contains all of the components of effective vocabulary instruction, including appropriate pacing, multiple, meaningful examples, and plenty of opportunities for ongoing practice and review.
  • The colourful Teacher Presentation Manual provides a precise visual definition.
  • Student workbooks, discussions, and word production activities help students deeply process word meanings.

The AVEL Instructional Method

Rapid Oral and Written Language Development for English Learners

  • Research-based, supplemental language development program that targets academic vocabulary
  • Explicit EL literacy program in which students hear and use words that reflect thte ways they are used in academic settings
  • Engaging and interactive activities that increase opportunities for success outsdie of academic settings
  • Scaffolded speaking and listening, reading, and writing instruction

Research Foundation

AVEL follows Robert J. Marzano's Six Steps to Effective Vocabulary Instruction:

  1. The teacher gives a description, explanation, or example of the new word.
  2. The teacher asks the student to give a description, explanation, or example of the new word in his/her own words.
  3. The teacher asks the student to draw a pricture, symbol, or locate a graphic to represent the new word.
  4. The student participates in activities that provide more knowledge of the words.
  5. The student will discuss the word with other classmates.
  6. The student will participate in activities that provide more reinforement of the new word.

To hear an interview with author, María Elena Argüelles, click on the External Link button and select Maria's AuthorTalk from the list in iTunes.

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Academic Vocabulary for English Learners (AVEL)
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Table of Contents

Class Set includes Teacher's Edition, Picture Book with CD-ROM, and 10 Student Edition Workbooks.

The Teacher Edition contains instruction for units 1-5 with scripting. The Teacher Edition provides an overview of the prgoram goals and research base. Read the Teacher Edition thoroughly before beginning implementation and reference it regularly to support daily instruction and to conduct assessments and interpret their results.

The Student Edition Workbook includes worksheets for all five AVEL units (20 weeks of lessons plus five unit reviews). These consumable workbooks provide a variety of daily activity lessons, written exercises, and unit reviews that focus on the four types of words taught in AVEL:

  • High-utility words
  • Academic words
  • Concept words
  • Multiple-meaning words

The Vocabulary Picture Book with CD-ROM:

  • Helps students make connections to their native language
  • Includes a CD-ROM with color illustrations that support language development

The AVEL Online Teaching Resources include the blackline masters and student versions of the Midpoint and Final Cumulative Assessments